Verdict from 45 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Plenty of purchasers of the Onitsuka Tiger Ally said that the sneakers were comfortable.
  • Some added that the shoes were very cushioned, the midsoles were quite flexible, and the soles were rather thick.
  • A lot of testers were pleased with the cushioning on the casual sneakers. 
  • Many buyers of the low-top shoes liked the colorways available for the model. 
  • Most reviewers commended the design of the Onitsuka Tiger Ally which, they remarked, were trendy and perfect for everyday wear.
  • The low-top lifestyle shoes were praised by several buyers for being well-made and using premium materials. 
  • Some users loved the lightweight feel of the Ally shoes. 
  • A couple of people indicated that the Onitsuka Tiger Ally low-top sneakers’ perforations make them very breathable and ideal for warmer weather.
  • One person was happy with the shoes’ “sticky outsoles” that help them give a good grip on a variety of surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of people reported that the Ally from Onitsuka Tiger runs narrow. 
  • The casual shoes also tend to run small according to several consumers. 
  • One customer remarked that the shoes needed breaking in.

Bottom line

The Onitsuka Tiger Ally are supremely comfortable shoes that are heavy on the cushioning yet light on the feet. The sneakers are extremely functional and are ideal for people who walk long distances or who stand on their feet for long periods.

They are also fashionable and breathable with excellent traction. The model, however, runs small and narrow although this could be helped by going up a half size larger.

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Good to know

The Onitsuka Tiger Ally are unisex shoes that are based on men’s sizes which range from 5 to 14. Women are advised to go down a size and a half for their equivalent sizing. The shoes have full lace-up closures that are easy to adjust.

Several users have commented that the shoes run small so ordering a half size larger than your normal size is recommended.

The sporty casual vibe of the Onitsuka Tiger Ally, as well as the rich colors, will complement any outfit, especially shorts, khaki pants, joggers, yoga pants, and denim skirts. Slim and ripped or rolled jeans will pair up well with the shoes as do casual drawstring pants.

What makes the Onitsuka Tiger Ally silhouette very noteworthy is the excellent cushioning it offers wearers. This remarkable cushioning comes from the Asics fuzeGEL which is a gel-infused foam that absorbs shock and bounces it back in a big way for adaptable and lightweight comfort.

Onitsuka Tiger is often used interchangeably with the Asics brand. Although belonging to the same company, Onitsuka Tiger represents Asics’ rich sneakers heritage while Asics is the more contemporary and tech-driven brand.

Onitsuka Tiger was revived in 2001 and since then has revisited many of the silhouettes that have made the company famous. One of these silhouettes is the Tiger Ally which is based on the Onitsuka Tiger Alliance. The Alliance was a jogging footwear that was launched during the fitness craze of the 80s. The silhouette was widely considered to be one the brand’s most successful designs since their founding in 1949. This retro silhouette was reissued in 2015 as part of J.Crew’s website relaunch.

The Onitsuka Tiger Ally, meanwhile, was recently released by the brand as part of their Spring Summer 2018 collection.

  • The Onitsuka Tiger Ally features stability heel counters, cushioned tongues and collars, premium perforated suede uppers, mesh linings, and durable rubber outsoles.
  • The Ally has several rich colorways to choose from including Paprika, Cornflower Blue, Evening Sand, Taupe Grey, Black, and Agave Green, among others.


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